However, down has one critical Achilles heel—it cannot get wet. Imagine cozying up in this eye catching faux fur coat from Trina Turk. Overall, a basic but functional and durable rain shell jacket should meet most people's hiking needs.
When it comes to easy care winter wear, London Fog is always at the top of the list with popular rain coats and trench coats like this awesome maxi-length number. It features logo buttons with metal trim, and if you find yourself without your umbrella, it also has an oversized, removable hood. This is the perfect rain coat for those wet winter days, and with its comfy, looser styled fit it slips easily over suits and bulky sweaters. London Fog is famous for their enduring raincoat styles.
Check out more London Fog classics right here. When you want to keep it chic and sophisticated, count on BCBG Maxazria to put a new spin the timeless trench coat. This luxe wool blend coat features faux-leather trim on both the jacket and the belt.
Cut with wide notched lapels, the long silhouette has stretch panels under the sleeves and a detachable waist belt to ensure the perfect fit. The asymmetrical hemline is hot again this year, and this winter coat nails it on both style points and warmth. Camel coats never go out of style — like this gorgeous Anne Klein double-breasted trench. Cashmere is extra warm and insulating, as well as naturally stain resistant.
This coat features an exaggerated notch collar, double-breasted gold-tone buttons, a self-belt and slanted seam pockets. And if you really want to treat yourself, splurge on a pair of cashmere gloves and a cashmere scarf to add a dramatic pop of color your gorgeous new coat. Browse through a huge selection of classic camel coats here. This adorable quilted puffer coat from Calvin Klein strikes the perfect harmony between cold snowy weather and sassy fashion dressing.
The mid-length is great, because it fully covers your tush while the zip-front makes it easy to slide on and off. This coat features a standing collar and serves up zippered pockets at chest, left arm, and waist. The faux fur-trimmed detachable hood, means you can keep your head warm and covered even if the wind and cold are pummeling.
This coat is a great compromise for both work and play. This super cute ZeroXposur puffer is made with packable sweater down, which is lighter and slimmer than regular down jackets.
This stylish jacket provides excellent warmth for a cool days and easily layers with a heavier coat when necessary. With a zip-front, this jacket also features mitered channel quilting on the front and back as well as a stand up collar with an elastic draw cord hood to keep you snugged up from the wind. In fact, this sweet puffer is wind and water repellent.
Zippered pockets keep your hands extra warm and when it comes to tossing it in your suitcase, it folds into a custom-designed, easily packable pouch.
Want to browse for more packable down jackets? Find lots of options here. When Ma Gert took over Columbia Sportswear, she was serious about both fashion and function.
That philosophy shows in this long puffer that protects you from seriously cold conditions. It battles arctic air with fill-power goose down-which is super warm, soft and packable.
Columbia makes great outwear for women to prep you for the weather from head to toe. Check it out here. Unique angular styling, lots of contrasting zipper details and huge cozy pockets set this fun puffer jacket apart from most. Its modern look fits great on nearly all body types, especially if you carry a bit of extra padding in the hip area. Side zippers make it especially comfy for riding in the car or on the chairlift. The faux fur-lined hood is soft against your face when the weather is harsh.
Browse more styles here. Welt style zipper pockets keep your hands and keys out of the weather, and the back features an elastic draw cord that gives the long puffer jacket a whole lot more style and shape.
The wide lapel collar is stylish and makes this long down coat wearable over business or evening wear in even the coldest weather.
Find more of them here. Calvin Klein strikes a nice balance with this sharp little pea coat. Slightly dressy, completely playful. Double-breasted styling with big shiny silver buttons elevates its fancy tendencies.
The belt can be worn traditionally, tied in the front, or more playfully, swung over to the side more like a sash. The stand up collar can be worn closed or open and folded down. Plus this cutie comes in five different colors from, all perfect wardrobe neutrals, and at this terrific price, why not get more than one? Slip it on with some world-famous Calvin Klein jeans and some tall boots for a super stylish look.
This great looking double-breasted pea coat from Tommy Hilfiger is the perfect grab and go jacket for every woman. Made from a wool and polyester blend, this great pea coat hits just below the hips for a little better protection for your tush during wind and weather. It features figure flattering princess seaming with a contrasting buttonhole at the deeply notched collar.
Vertical welt pockets fall right at the waist to keep hands comfortable and cozy. The added partial belt band in back gives this jacket some added flair. Pair it with a Tommy Hilfiger scarf and hat for a cute, buttoned up look. But London Fog has answered the challenge with this warm and cozy, super stylish plus size pea coat.
Double breasted styling flatters fuller figures, whether you leave it open and casual or buttoned up against the weather. And speaking of weather, the wool and poly blend fabric will keep you cozy and comfy. Want to see more plus sized pea coats?
The wool-blend baby-doll styling features a convertible spread-to-funnel collar, side pockets, and a wide vent at center back. Over-stitched detailing gives it an extra smart look, and the figure flattering seems will make you look great from front to back.
The simple four button closure keeps your jacket in place and the roomy body allows you to easily slip on this cute coat over suits , or jeans and a sweater , with plenty of breathing space. This Solid color fleece pea coat from Aeropostale might be your new favorite casual jacket for walking the dog, or running errands. Solid fleece construction means easy wash and care. It's make-up is 2 layer construction featuring Columbia's waterproof Omni-Tech technology and a mesh lining. The two hand pockets are mesh so when left open, they do offer some level of ventilation.
Overall, the user reviews indicate that the Arcadia II is a comfortable fit. Although not brimmed, the hood can be cinched down so you can get a snug fit for tougher conditions. In terms of weight, the Arcadia is probably in the middle to top end range when compared to its peers listed on this page. The Arcadia II has two hand pockets and the jacket does stuff into one of them by design. Overall, I feel the Arcadia II is perfect for someone who wants to give hiking a go.
If they don't take to it, it will work great as a day-to-day rain jacket. At sixty bucks, you could do a lot worse! This super lightweight rain jacket from Outdoor Research will pack up easily into your day pack or travel bag. It's a no frills and no nonsense common sense rain jacket. The obvious starting point with this jacket from Outdoor Research is it's weight. With a name like Helium II, this jacket zeroes in on being lightweight and easy to carry while not sacrificing protection from the elements.
From many of the reviews I checked on the Helium II in this area, it performs very well. There are no other venting features on the jacket though except for the cuffs. Protection from the rain comes in the form of a DWR coating on the outside of the jacket which as alluded to above, performs well.
The Helium II comes with a stiffened hood that was noted by many users to perform well and it is also easy to adjust. The Helium features only two pockets, one inside stuff pocket and one on the chest, with the internal pocket being where the jacket can be packed away, so no standard hand warmer pockets.
Overall, I feel the Helium II is probably more suited to a runner than a hiker, but if weight is a big issue for your hikes, it could be a great option for emergency rain protection in a heavy pack.
The first of two excellent rain jackets featured from The North Face, the Resolve 2 is a sleek and stylish rain shell. Similar to the men's top 10 rain jacket list , the Resolve is the first of two jackets from the North Face to feature on the list.
It sit's at the lower end of the price range for a rain shell and offers a two layered construction as opposed to 2. The Resolve offers pretty good waterproof protection but not as much as some of its peers. This jacket is at the lower end of the price range though so you can naturally expect a bit less.
In terms of breathability, the Resolves 2 layer construction with mesh drop liner, utilizes The North Face Dry-vent technology.
There are no extra venting options like pit zips. The hood is adjustable and performs well and the hand cuffs are elastic. The Resolve 2 jacket is very accessible in terms of price and it will offer a sturdy enough option for day hiking and general day-to-day use. For someone just testing the waters with hiking or who just enjoys a good hike in the hills with their dog at the weekend, the Resolve should suit them just fine without breaking the bank! The Beta SL is a highly functional rain jacket from Arc'teryx.
If you like to be out on the trail in tougher conditions then this is a great choice. The first thing to highlight about the Arc'teryx Beta SL jacket is it's weight. It comes in and around 10 ounces 0. However, don't let that fool you into thinking that less weight equates to not being as tough as you'd like, certainly not the case.
The Beta SL is constructed using lightweight 40D nylon ripstop, so we are talking tough here but without having additional unnecessary weight from the construction.
The cuffs are laminated and the hem cord means you can get a snug and secure fit. There are 2 front hand warmer pockets which have watertight zippers so you can securely close them. The Beta SL offers a sleek fit and while being very functional, also looks the part as well. The North Face Venture 2 is the next generation of the older Venture jacket which was a tried and trusted favorite for many. You get all you need in the Venture in terms of function, as well as a long history of happy customers.
The North Face Venture jacket for women has been around for a long time and the Venture 2 is the latest iteration of it. It is waterproof and breathable and has the extra feature of pit zips to help ensure good ventilation in and around the chest and torso area. The hood is fully adjustable and while it is not peaked or stiff brimmed it does close up well. The Venture is lightweight and stows away in its own pocket, of which there are two hand pockets.
The second in our top 10 hall of fame from Outdoor Research! The Aspire Rain Jacket sits at the higher end of the price scale for a rain jacket, but offers a lot more functionality for the extra investment. The Aspire rain jacket from Outdoor Research is a Gore-tex 2. Gore-tex is an industry standard in the rain protection business, so we're off to a good start with the Aspire.
Aside from being very water resistant, Gore-tex is also very breathable so the Aspire offers good performance in that regard. There's an interesting feature with the Aspire which I don't think I've seen in a jacket before.
The Aspire features two way zippers which run from the biceps to the arms. This enables the jacket to be worn as a poncho! An interesting concept I can honestly can say I've not come across before. There are two zippered hand pockets on the Aspire jacket as well as one pocket on the arm. The jacket weighs in at The jacket is packable in it's own pocket as well so it can be snugly wrapped up and put into your day pack.
The Jacket is at the higher end of the scale in terms of price but I think you get a lot of functionality for your money. The second featured rain jacket from Columbia, the Switchback II is the 1 top seller on Amazon, so definitely worth a second look if you're in the market for a rain jacket.
It's also in the low to mid range in terms of price. Columbia are a well known and respected brand in the rain jacket making business for sure and the Columbia Switchback II jacket is another very functional offering from them.
Not only is it a best seller on Amazon, but it is also set at a very wallet friendly price point. The seams are fully taped which adds to the water repellent capability of the jacket. The hood can be stowed away and cuffs are fully adjustable to allow a personalized fit so you can be both snug and comfortable.
The jacket can be packed away into its own pocket, which is handy to have if you need to pack it away in a case for travel purposes, or just to stow in safely away in your day pack while out on the trail. There are two hand warmer pockets which come with zippers so they can be closed up.
Last but definitely not least, the Stretch Ozonic rain jacket from Mountain Hardwear is a very functional rain jacket. Sleek and very stylish, it's a great all rounder, tough and durable for harsher conditions.
The Mountain Hardwear Ozonic jacket is a super light rain shell jacket. As with the Venture and PreCip, it performs very well in terms of ventilation utilizing its patented Dry. Q membrane in a 2. This is further supported by the underarm pit zips which can be opened for venting purposes at your convenience. The hood and cuffs are fully adjustable so you can create a decent protective shell in the worst of conditions.
The Stretch Ozonic also features two standard hand warmer pockets. The jacket also comes with a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer which is always nice to have.
Following closely behind, the Marmot Montreaux is our Best Buy, and is the warmest jacket in the review, at a cool $, as well as Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 Parka - Women's, which wins a Top Pick for those residing in wet climates. The best jackets were those with the highest quality fill power down ( and above), which also overlaps with our next rating metric. The Ghost Whisperer was the most compressible jacket in this review. Noroze Women's Check Hood Coat "Absolutely tickled!" "Fantastic jacket!" "Five stars." The list of compliments and positive reviews go on and on for the Noroze Women's Check Hood Coat.